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From Obama’s Historic Election to Online Professional/Social Networking Comes of Age

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 18, 2008
Contact: Glenda English at 504-915-1552

From Obama’s Historic Election to
Online Professional/Social Networking Comes of Age

Chicago – If there were ever any doubts about the power of online professional and social networks, Barack Obama’s successful presidential campaign, built heavily on such networks, has put those to rest. Now a new global networking community — — is making these same tools available for Black professionals to stay in touch, make connections and advance their careers.

“I’m not surprised to see an African-American man win the presidency,” said Marshawn Evans, Navigator and Spokesperson for “It shows that we can be judged by what we bring to the table. President-Elect Obama brought an unmatched level intellect and ingenious. That’s why it’s important to stay ahead of the curve in order to have a competitive advantage.” Evans, seen on NBC’s The Apprentice, is also one of the nation’s leading experts on the art of maximizing human potential, and is the Founder of ME Unlimited, a corporate life-enrichment consulting firm focusing on peak performance, diversity, women’s empowerment and leadership. offers high-achieving Black professionals an unprecedented “leg up” through its professional online community and forum. Members can network individually or across professional organizations, stay in touch with colleagues, find, introduce or promote businesses and keep informed.

“It’s about being able to connect and leverage the resources of millions with the simple click of a button,” said Evans. “Now talented professionals can harness the power of Web 2.0 technology for quick access to great jobs, valuable contacts and gifted mentors as never before.” combines social networking (e.g. Facebook) with professional networking (e.g. LinkedIn). By bringing both kinds of tools together and gearing them specifically for Black professionals, the site helps build the capacity of the whole person and open new opportunities for members.

“Especially in this daunting economic climate, diversity and inclusion remain critical for companies competing for top candidates to serve the needs of diverse customers in the global economy,” said Evans.

The concept of originates in the historical tradition of the river as the meeting place where the black community gathered to share important resources and information. is its sister network for Hispanic professionals. Membership and a host of services are free. For additional information, and to sign up, go to or

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